Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Garland Watson
April 6, 1924
April 2, 2004
DUMAS -- Garland "Big Boy" Watson, 79, of Dumas died Friday at Murphy's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Dumas. He was born on April 6, 1924, at Kelso (Desha County), a son of the late George Watson and Emma Jane Vardman Watson. He was a maintainer and operator for Tensas Basin Levee District near Rayville, La., for 17 years. He was a member of the Hopedale Missionary Baptist Church of Winchester (Drew County). Survivors include his wife, Shirley Haynes Watson; three sons, Garland Watson Jr., George Edgar Watson and Shane Price Watson, all of Dumas; two daughters, Barbara Guy and Vhonda Dosser, both of Brazoria, Texas; one brother, Carl Watson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas with the Rev. Gene Gregory and the Rev. J.C. Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Hopedale Cemetery at Winchester.

Gloria Parker
November 14, 1923
April 4, 2004
LITTLE ROCK -- Gloria Adele Parker, 80, of Little Rock, died Friday, at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center at Little Rock. She was born on Nov. 14, 1923, at Benton, a daughter of the late Alfred William Westbrook and Lena Marie Farchman Westbrook. She was reared and educated at Benton where she graduated from Benton High School in 1942. She was also a graduate of the Draughan Business School. She worked as a secretary for Trinity Lutheran Church of Pine Bluff, where she was also a longtime member, before retiring in 1990. She also worked for the Women's City Club in Little Rock for several years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church at Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, McLarin "Mac" Parker, whom she married on May 24, 1950, at Alexander (Pulaski County); and one brother. Survivors include a son, Joe Michael Parker of Little Rock; two daughters, Cynthia Parker Schutt of Fairfax, Va. and Mary Parker of Little Rock; and two granddaughters. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church with Russell Hildebrandt officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in Graceland Cemetery at Pine Bluff by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran High School, 6711 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205, or to the Arkansas Hospice Association, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, AR 72204.

Helen Simpson
June 10, 1928
April 3, 2004
PARAGOULD -- Helen J. Simpson, 75, of Paragould, died Saturday at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was born on June 10, 1928, at Lester, a daughter of G.H. Craft and Ellen Craft. She retired from General Electric and was the former owner of Art's Auto Parts. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by one son, Billy Joe Thompson; two sisters, Wilma Lute and Dorothy Giles; and three brothers, Rex Craft, Paul Craft and Chester Craft. Survivors include her husband, Art Simpson; two sons, Don Thompson of Pine Bluff and Gary Thompson of Jonesboro; one daughter, Danna Zarlingo of Jonesboro; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Linwood Cemetery with Bob Crabb officiating. Arrangements are by Mitchell Funeral Home at Paragould. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thomas Huselton Jr.
November 14, 1940
March 30, 2004
BELLA VISTA -- Thomas Wesley Huselton Jr., 63, of Bella Vista, formerly of Pine Bluff, died March 30 at Bella Vista. He was born Nov. 14, 1940, a son of Thomas Wesley Huselton and the late Edna Clyde Huselton. He was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Henderson State University at Arkadelphia. He was a certified public accountant and worked for the Internal Revenue Service. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Other survivors include a son, Scott Huselton of the Dallas area; a daughter, Tracy Huselton of the Dallas area; and a brother, Gary Huselton of the Dallas area. Arrangements were handled by Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory.

Artesia Gooley
July 12, 1924
April 6, 2004
DUMAS -- Artesia Gooley, 79, of Dumas, died Tuesday at Murphy Health Rehabilitation Center at Dumas. She was born July 12, 1924, at Wilmot (Ashley County), a daughter of the late Clayton Robinson and Lodie Barnes. Survivors include six sons, Booker Brown of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dave Gooley Jr. of Flint, Mich., Cleotis Gooley of Edward, Miss., Norvell Gooley of Star City, Jerry Gooley of Grady and Steven Gooley of Pine Bluff; two stepsons, Reco "Jack" Gooley of Portland, Ore., and Sedalia Gooley of Little Rock; two daughters, Joanne Gooley Allen and Patricia Gooley, both of Gould; one stepdaughter, Aubunes Jones of Los Angeles; one brother, Clyde Robinson of Flint, Mich.; 35 grandchildren; and 47 grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Almeta Missionary Baptist Church at Reedville (Desha County) with the Rev. George Toney officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Gould by Davis Strickland Funeral Home at Dermott. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the church.

Wanda Hicks
August 16, 1931
April 8, 2004
DEALE, Md. -- Wanda Lynn McClung Hicks, 72, of Deale, Md., formerly of Sheridan, Ark., died Thursday in Calvert Memorial Hospital at Prince Frederick, Md. She was born Aug. 16, 1931, at Sheridan, the daughter of the late Ocie Jeff McClung and Floy Alma Atchley McClung. She was a graduate of Sheridan High School. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lyon College at Batesville, Ark. She received a master's from the University of Texas. She received an honorary doctorate of human letters from Lyon. She was a public school teacher specialist working with the hearing and vision impaired. She also taught at Gallaudet University at Washington D.C. from 1975 to 1992. She lectured throughout the United States and published articles in educational journals dealing with hearing and vision impaired students. She was a member of Ephesus Missionary Baptist Church at Sheridan. She was preceded in by a brother, Ray A. McClung; and a sister, Helen Louise Gilbert. Survivors include her husband, Doin E. Hicks of Deale, Md.; a daughter, Janet Elaine Vance of Upper Marlboro, Md.: two sisters, Bonnie Sue Herron of Hot Springs and Glyndel Gartman of Carlisle, Ark.; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home at Sheridan with Basil Hicks and William Ashcraft officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery near Sheridan. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Clyde and Delpha Hicks Scholarship Fund, c/o Lyon College, P.O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503.

Loleta Smith-Stephens
November 14, 1970
April 6, 2004
MEMPHIS -- Loleta Smith-Stephens, 33, of Memphis, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday at Regional Medical Center at Memphis. She was born Nov. 14, 1970, at Little Rock, a daughter of Willie Surratt of Sweet Home and Berthola Huggins Pine Bluff. She was a member of Greater Love Ministry at Southaven, Miss Other survivors include her husband, Richard Stephens; two sons, Derrick Smith of Cooksville, Tenn., and Richard Smith of Memphis; two daughters, Candis Smith and Britney Smith, both of Memphis; three brothers, Edwin Huggins of Memphis and Calvin Jackson and Reginald Huggins, both of Pine Bluff; and three sisters, Carla McCroy and Rosemary Huggins, both of Little Rock, and Mamie Huggins of Pine Bluff. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Trinity Church of God in Christ at Pine Bluff with Jackie Scales officiating. Burial will be in P.K. Miller Cemetery at Pine Bluff by Christian Way Funeral of Pine Bluff.

Charles Stubbs
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Charles John "C.J." Stubbs, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., formerly of Pine Bluff, died March 30 in California. He was born in New York and educated in Albany, Ga. He moved to Pine Bluff in 1958 and worked at International Paper Mill. He retired as a conductor after 23 years of service for the Union Pacific Railroad, formerly the Cotton Belt Railroad. He was a Catholic and a former member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Pine Bluff. He was a son of Lillian Kelleher Todd of Dallas. Others survivors include his wife, Betty Jane Gunter Stubbs; two sons, Charles John Stubbs II and Christopher Eric Stubbs, both of Fort Walton Beach; two sisters Rose Mary Pomfret of Danville, Calif., and Elaine Kersteins of South Carolina; his stepfather, John C. Todd of Dallas; two half sisters, Joyce Manchess of Long Island, N.Y., and Alice Casca of Oakland, N.J.; and two grandchildren. A rosary service will be held today at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church with Monsignor Jack Harris officiating. Arrangements were handled by Oak Park Hill Chapel of Walnut Creek, Calif. Family members will be at the home of Hal and Mary Gunter, 6 Deer Horn Cove, Pine Bluff. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6635, Pine Bluff AR 71611.

Pamela Wood
September 5, 1947
April 8, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Pamela Gail Wood, 56, of Winston Salem, N.C., formerly of England, Ark., died Thursday at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born Sept. 5, 1947, at England, a daughter of Helen Wood Brady and the late Vascar Wood. She was employed by B.E. Aerospace at Winston-Salem for more than 30 years. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Wood. Other survivors include four sisters, Sonja Nichols and Maggie Conklin, both of Granbury, Texas, Linda Archer of Sheridan, Ark., and Becky Collins of Hilo, Hawaii; and a caregiver, Polly Hamrick of Winston-Salem. A memorial service was held Saturday at Winston-Salem. Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Union Valley Cemetery at Coy, Ark. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Roller-England Funeral Home at England. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Research, P.O. Box 251977, Little Rock, AR 72225.

Patsy Kelley
November 3, 1933
April 15, 2004
Patsy Morris Kelley, 70, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1933, at Grapevine (Grant County), a daughter of the late R.F. Morris and Ada Reynolds Morris. She worked for Illinois Tool Works for 25 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Cedar Branch Missionary Baptist Church where she served as secretary and was a member of the choir. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Boydie Morris. Survivors include her husband, Tommie Kelley, whom she married Sept. 1, 1951; a son, Butch Kelley of Grapevine; a daughter, Karen Bell of Stuttgart; 5 grandchildren: and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cedar Branch Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Calvin Gray and O.J. Ramick officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Branch Cemetery by Hale-South Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Branch Cemetery Association in care of Kenny Ashcraft, 12350 Princeton Pike, Pine Bluff, AR 71602.

Don Messer
April 2, 1953
April 15, 2004
Don Messer, 51, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital at Little Rock. He was born April 2, 1953, at Memphis, a son of Betty Brown Messer of Tunica, Miss., and the late L.T. Messer. He was reared and received his early education at Memphis and was a 1971 graduate of Messick High School at Memphis. He served in the Air Force and was briefly employed at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Other survivors include a daughter, Tonya Messer of Pine Bluff; a sister, Sherry Messer Craft of Tunica.; and a brother, Tim Messer of Savage, Miss. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Jimmy Watson officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Oakwood Cemetery at Tunica. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Reba Taylor
October 17, 1916
April 15, 2004
Reba Joan Laminack Taylor, 87, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Oct. 17, 1916, a daughter of the late Thomas Erastas Laminack and Shelldonia Cornelia Hutto Laminack. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was also preceded in death by her husband, H.B. Taylor; five brothers, Ralph Laminack, Collis Laminack, Roe Laminack, George Laminack and Fred Laminack; five sisters, Lula Laminack, Mamie Laminack, Alene Shipman and two infant sisters; and a grandchild. Survivors include two sons, Doyle Taylor and David Taylor, both of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Sherry Cato of White Hall and Reta Thornbury of Winfield, Penn.; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hale-South Funeral Home with the Rev. John Forrest Thornbury officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tyler Gray
November 26, 1987
April 14, 2004
JERSEY -- Tyler Lloyd Gray, 16, of Jersey (Bradley County) died Wednesday. He was born Nov. 26, 1987, at Ridgecrest, Calif., a son of Jeffrey Lloyd Gray of Van Nuys, Calif., and Pamela Renea Stanton of El Dorado. He was an oil-field worker and a Pentecostal. Other survivors include a brother, Joshua Coats of Jersey; a sister, Ashelei Renea Gray of El Dorado; his grandparents Clifton Stanton and Yanema Stanton, both of Moro Bay (Union County), Harold Gray and Gladys Gray, both of Houston, Texas and Barbara Gray of Dallas; and great-grandmother Opal Woodall of Conroe, Texas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the home of Rebecca Riley, 590 Bradley 1 South at Jersey. Burial will be in Hines Cemetery near Jersey by Frazer's Funeral Home at Warren. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 7:30 p.m. today until service time at the home.

Luzell Bonds
June 8, 1923
April 17, 2004
MONTICELLO -- Luzell Kelly #Bonds, 80, of Monticello, died Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff. She was born June 8, 1923, in Ashley County, a daughter of the late Walter Washington Kelly and Lela Roark Kelly. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Bonds. Survivors include a son, Dewayne Bonds of Monticello; two sisters, Rozell Webb and LaVern McManus, both of Monticello; 3 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Oakland Cemetery at Monticello with Jim Shelby officiating by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home at Monticello. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tommy Castleberry
January 7, 1956
April 15, 2004
NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- L. Tommy Castleberry, 48, of North Little Rock, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center at Little Rock. He was born Jan. 7, 1956, at Pine Bluff, a son of the late Leonard Thomas "Ben" Castleberry and Glenda Inez Jones Castleberry. He was reared and educated at Pine Bluff and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1974. He was employed by American Plastics at Little Rock and formerly worked for Delta Kraft Natural Paper Co. and Weyerhauser Products. Survivors include his wife, Cindy Thompson Castleberry, whom he married May 19, 2001; two daughters, Bethany Lackey and Krystal Miller, both of Pine Bluff; a sister, Penny Castleberry of Pine Bluff; a half-brother, Larry Hall of Las Vegas; and one grandchild. Funeral services were Saturday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Burial was in Union Valley cemetery at Coy (Lonoke County). Memorials may be made to Jenkins Memorial Center, 2410 Rike Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

Jasper Williams
November 18, 1920
April 16, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Jasper Newton Williams, 83, of Sheridan, died Friday at his home. He was born Nov. 18, 1920, at Bearden, a son of the late Roy R. Williams and Beadie Nutt Williams. He was a member of Hope Pentecostal Church at Sheridan. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Grant County Road Department. He served in the Army. He was also preceded in death by a son, Ralph N. Williams; and three sisters, Lois House, Dorothy Smith and Easter Cotton. Survivors include his wife, Denver Faye Koon Williams; a son, Kenneth Williams of Sheridan; a brother, Newmon Williams of Sheridan; three sisters, Louise Bryant, Loretta Smith and Carolyn Reed, all of Sheridan; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Hope Pentecostal Church at Sheridan with the Rev. Walt Hollis and Hugh Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Lost Creek Cemetery at Sheridan by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan.

Marion Haynes
December 17, 1925
April 15, 2004
MEMPHIS -- Marion Evelyn Randall Haynes, 78, of Memphis, formerly of Bradley County, Ark., died Thursday at Methodist Hospital at Germantown, Tenn. She was born Dec. 17, 1925, at Pattsville (Bradley County), a daughter of Freddie Grider Randall Womble of Warren and the late Roy I. Randall. She was an honor graduate of Memphis University. She worked for the Pentagon During World War II, the Mallory Air Force Depot at Memphis and retired from the Southern Region of the United States Postal Service. Other survivors include her husband of 43 years, William "Bill" D. Haynes; a son, William D. Haynes Jr., of Memphis; and a sister, Sherry Gifford of Marathon, Fla. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Pattsville Cemetery near Warren by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Memphis Union Mission, Cherokee Baptist Church or the Salvation Army.


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